Vintage Del McCoury--A Three Rivers Appetizer

Friday, 08 June 2012 06:08 AM Written by 

As you know, The Del McCoury band is coming to the Three Rivers Arts Festival tomorrow night headlining the Three Rivers Arts Festival's evening of Bluegrass.  There is plenty of recent McCoury available on YouTube,  some of him with Steve Earle, Vince Gill, etc. But why post that?  Hell, it's too easy. Why not find older, equally cool clips that showcase Del's good music and high standards.  Found 'em, so here goes.

The earliest thing I found was filmed at a 1971 North Carolina concert. The song: "White House Blues," a traditional tune about the assassination of President William McKinley made popular in bluegrass circles by Bill Monroe.

In Jemison, Alabama, circa 1986, performing Webb Pierce's 1953 honky-tonk hit "I'm Walkin' The Dog."

Same show: "High On A Mountain."

Again, the same show: Bill Monroe's 1954 instrumental  "Wheel Hoss."

In Louisiana, May 1991.  The song is Bill Monroe's  "I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling."

Their spin on the 1988 Patty Loveless hit "Blue Side Of Town" comes from an appearance on "American Music Shop," a program from cable's long-defunct TNN (The Nashville Network) that ran from 1990-1993.  AMS featured one act a week and often focused on more traditional country or bluegrass acts rather than stars.  

"Beauty Of My Dreams" from the same episode and yes, it's the same song covered by Phish.  Sitting in (or standing) as second fiddler is none other than Allison Krauss.

Ought to be a great concert.  Kudos to the Festival for Bluegrass Day.  Last year, Ricky Skaggs, this  McCoury, Peter Rowan (like Del, another Bill Monroe alumnus) and Greensky Bluegrass.  Nice! 


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